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    Fire Service blames Ghana Water Company for challenges in fighting Makola fire

    The Ghana National Fire Service says the failure of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to provide water to battle the fire that gutted a three-storey building at the Makola Market in Accra accounted for the extent of damage recorded last Monday.

    The Fire Service spent over five hours battling the flames that gutted the building because fire tenders had to go as far as Achimota, Circle or Kaneshie to access water.

    But according to the Service, although there is an existing arrangement for the Ghana Water Company to supply water through fire hydrants in the central business district in cases of emergencies, the latter failed to do so even after several calls to them.

    Speaking to the press, the Chief Fire Officer of the Service, Ekow Blankson blamed state agencies such as the Ghana Water Company and Electricity Company of Ghana for their unresponsiveness.

    “We had the first call at 9:41 am [on Monday], however, because of the situation on the ground, we needed additional pumps. It is not to say that the Fire Service went to the grounds without any water. For security purposes, we always rely on ECG to disconnect the power in the area to make sure the responders are safe. It is not to say that they [our team] never went, and they were scared. Rather, we saw the need for them to have more backup so that they can storm the building.”

    “Of all the responders, the Ghana National Fire Service was the only fire agency that stormed the building. We had to call for extra pumps. I was very much disappointed because we had an arrangement with Ghana Water Company Limited contractors to supply us with water, unfortunately, they did not come, and the message I had from my operations officer was that the last time they [GWCL] were given coupons instead of cash.”

    “If you never complained about receiving coupons instead of cash at that time, but decided to keep quiet until another outbreak of fire to disappoint the Fire Service, it’s quite unfortunate. We had to bring extra resources. The army and police came for protection purposes, Aviation was about to come, but I stopped them because I thought the fire was under control.”

    Scores of Ghanaians including victims and eyewitnesses blamed the Fire Service for the level of destruction caused to the building filled with wigs and other cosmetic products following their delay to douse the inferno.

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